New York Mets: David Wright suffers yet another setback, out another eight weeks at least

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: David Wright (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: David Wright (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has suffered a setback, and cannot resume baseball activities for eight weeks.

If you are a true New York Mets fan it is hard not to be saddened by this story. We all know the plight of our favorite third baseman, some guy named David Wright. He has been the face of the franchise for years now and all any of us could possibly want is to get him the championship that he so badly deserves. His loyalty to the team can only be repaid that way.

But the road back from injury has been long and perilous. We don’t need to rehash it from the beginning. Mets fans are all too familiar with it. Tuesday afternoon, Newsday published a report indicating that it’s not about to get easier.

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"The Mets’ third baseman and captain will wait at least eight weeks before starting baseball activity again. He is still dealing with shoulder and lower back issues and was re-examined Monday by Dr. Robert Watkins, a back specialist, in Los Angeles…Wright, 35, has not played in a game since May 2016 and has played in only 75 games since early September 2014. In addition to dealing with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine that puts pressure on nerves in the spine, Wright had neck surgery in June 2016, shoulder surgery last September and back surgery last October."

It’s not hard for all of us to feel bad for Wright. Who has been more loyal to the franchise than Wright? Tom Seaver comes to mind to be honest, who cried after his final Shea Stadium start before being traded to the Reds to end his first stint with the team. Mike Piazza is another who insisted on going into the Hall of Fame with a Mets hat on.

The point is we don’t see this from members of the Mets very often. Wright could have decided to leave and have a chance to win, what with all of the futility he played through here in New York. He didn’t do that. Instead he remained as the face of the franchise both on and off the field.

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Truth be told it really is time for Wright to acknowledge the inevitable. It’s time to hang up the cleats. Save your health so you can enjoy the rest of your life as something other than a cripple. Hopefully the Mets do the right thing and keep him in the organization in some capacity, but it’s time to give up playing. It’s over.